What?s your role in the Future of Music Coalition?
I started going to the Policy Summit when I was still in law school, on a musician scholarship. Since then I?ve gotten to know most of the people on the board, particularly Michael Bracy, the co-founder and policy director. I?ve done a bit of transactional work for FMC, but mostly I?m just an avid supporter and a member of their advisory board. I?m doing a panel at the Policy Summit next month, which is a huge thrill. It?s a real honor and privilege to be involved and to participate in the policy discussions. It?s such a challenging yet incredible time for this industry. read more
A couple of media reform groups have sent the Second Circuit Court of Appeals a brief urging it to kick the legs out from under the Federal Communications Commission’s shiny new rules against “fleeting” expletivesâ€”singular bleep words said on the fly. That crackdown has already resulted in “a palpable chill on free speech,” complain the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition. “Without coherent and consistent guidelines as to what constitutes indecent programming, creators are literally at a loss for words.” The filing was written up by the Media Access Project.
The FCC held a broadband workshop Thursday (Sept 17) on protecting online content, making it a round two dozen workshops to date. John Horrigan, consumer research director for the national broadband plan, said the underlying goal was to figure out what drives adoption, specifically what users want, saying content from entertainment industries plays a big part. FMC’s Michael Bracy and new music composer Alex Shapiro participated in the event.
Alex Maiolo is an expert on this subject, and makes himself available to advise musicians through the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT), set up by the Future of Music Coalition. (If Sweet Relief is a musician?s last resort, HINT should really be one?s first.) Maiolo is not only a professional insurance agent (property & casualty? he?s licensed for health insurance but is by no means a health insurance salesman, nor does HINT sell anything or receive kickbacks or anything at all like that), he?s a musician, too. He plays in two bands, and knows what it?s like to be lost in the shuffle.
Almost every night of the week in North Carolina it?s possible to go out and hear high quality music, no matter the genre. Many of those artists perform even when they?re sick because they need the income, and many of the performers on area stages lack health insurance.
Future of Music Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to advocating music-related causes, is joining forces with Community Cinema and PBS? Independent Lens in upcoming documentary screenings. Community Cinema provides free monthly screenings and discussions for independent film enthusiasts, two of which caught FMC?s eye.
Top names in music, law, technology and policy will gather in Washington, DC from October 4-6, 2009 for the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit, which provides an unprecedented forum for artists, advocates, policymakers, attorneys, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to discuss the crucial issues facing the music community.
The Future of Music Coalition, the D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for musicians, will hold their eighth Future of Music Policy Summit October 4-6 at Georgetown University. Superchunk frontman and Merge founder Mac McCaughan will speak, as will MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen, Radiohead manager Brian Message, and U.S. Senator Al Franken.
Widely praised by advocates and industry alike, FMC?s Policy Summits have gained a reputation as ?a kind of Geneva where all sides in any number of contentious music industry fights can get together and play nice for a few days.? As the Washington Post wrote while covering FMC?s event in 2004, ?[Policy Summit] offers pinstriped Washingtonians a rare opportunity to hear musicians articulate their concerns in person instead of relying on competing lobbying groups that claim to espouse their interests.?
With so much going on at once in the evolution of the music industry it is going to be crucial to artists and fans alike to keep up on the latest developments in the industry as well as the projected future. The Future of Music Coalition is hosting a conference on the future of music Oct 4-6 in Washington DC and I will be there to bring you updates and insights from the movers and shakers of the music industry and other important players. More info to follow…